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From rejecting the iPod to turning down Google: The biggest mistakes in tech history

Steve Jobs

How to reduce iPhone data usage

You want to enjoy all the benefits of having an iPhone – without breaking the bank on a pricy data plan. Short of paring down your phone use, what …

iOS

Take a look at Facebook's gorgeous data centers from around the world

Facebook is one of the most heavily-trafficked websites on the internet. As such, the company has set up vast infrastructure to support its billion-plus users.<p>In 2011, Facebook announced the Open Compute Project as a way to openly share the designs for its data centers — "to spark a collaborative …

Facebook

10 Must-Have Tools for Small Businesses

In order to keep your efficiency up and allow yourself to focus on the tasks most important to your business, you need to know what are the best tools available.<p>In a world where entrepreneurship is so large and only getting larger, you need to stay on top of all the latest tools available for your …

Small Business

Everything you need to know about Google's My Activity page

Yes, Google does know everything about you.<p>What does Google know about you? Everything.<p>Seriously -- everything. Especially if you frequently use Google's many products, such as Android, Gmail, Drive, Google Maps, or YouTube. Or, you know, Google Search.<p>But there's some good news, sort of. Google …

Google

These Are the 20 Best iPhone Apps to Download Right Now

These belong on your home screen.<p>Have an afternoon to burn and want to download some toys? These are our must-have iPhone apps.

Apps

WhatsApp launches two-step verification for all users to improve account security, here’s how to enable it

WhatsApp, the popular free cross-platform messaging app, is today launching a two-step verification security feature for all users of the service. The feature adds an additional layer of protection by requiring a passcode when resetting and verifying your account.<p>This combats a recent hack where if …

Security

3 Smartphone Camera Settings You Should Try Out

It wasn’t all that long ago that simply having a phone with a camera in it was relatively rare. Not so today!Now, the cameras on our smartphones are …

iPhoneography

How The Subscription Economy Is Disrupting The Traditional Business Model

Recently, I heard the CEO of Zuora, Tien Tzuo, suggest that there is a significant shift happening that will impact business leaders. That shift is away from a pay-per-product model to a subscription-based model. What interested me about this is that recently, a co-worker told me about a website …

Customer Experience

AirSelfie: The World's Smallest Flying Camera for Your Smartphone

Everyone has had that moment when you travel and want to take a picture with the landscape and your friend but a selfie of the two of you just won’t …

Drones

Electrolux buys sous vide machine maker Anova for $250 million

The Swedish appliance giant announced early Monday that it would buy the US-based sous vide startup.<p>Electrolux, the world's second largest appliance company, will buy the precision cooker manufacturer Anova Culinary for $250 million, the companies announced Sunday.<p>"Although we, from afar, come …

U.S. Department of Justice

WhatsApp beta 2.17.44 brings new emojis including facepalm, shrug, crossed fingers and more

The latest emojis are found in Unicode 9.0 and Emoji 4.0.<p>A new WhatsApp beta for Android bundles new emojis that users have been anticipating for a …

Apps

As Windows laptops add LTE, is now the right time for Apple to finally do it? [Poll]

Apple has been toying with LTE-enabled MacBooks for many years. It even created a prototype MacBook Pro with a SIM slot and cellular antenna way back in 2007.<p>These days, doing so would be far neater, the latest Apple patent showing how the antenna could be hidden within the hinge mechanism, and an …

MacBook Pro

Stop Google from tracking you on Google Maps

Learn how to disable Location History for your Google account and also how to delete some or all of your whereabouts from Your Timeline.<p>Google Maps is rolling out a new feature to Android and desktop users called Your Timeline. With it, you can see all the places you've been. Google is quick to …

Google

Your Wearables Could Know When You're Sick Before You Do

Using wearable devices has become a popular way to stay on top of our health. But usually, they tell you things that are easy to measure, like heart rate and footsteps. None of them to date are marketed as capable of detecting an illness. But if you put a bunch of high-tech ones together, that just …

What is the best way to track someone with dementia?

Donnie lost a friend affected by dementia, and would like to know what sort of device could have been used to locate him<p>A former colleague developed dementia. He wandered off and was found three days later in a small wood a few miles away. Sadly, he died on his way to hospital. What sort of …

Wearable Tech

European wind energy is now cheaper than nuclear power

Wind energy has officially overtaken nuclear power as the most affordable energy option – at least in countries surrounding the North Sea. In nearby …

The Leica M10 keeps most of what Leica lovers love about Leicas: First Look

11 WhatsApp features you might not know: How To Video

WhatsApp, Signal, and dangerously ignorant journalism

There is something about encryption that brings out the worst in journalists. Because to most of them it is magic, they are always searching desperately for the proverbial man behind the curtain, without knowing what to look for. Which may explain The Guardian’s recent bizarre attack on WhatsApp, …

Encryption

Duolingo gets social

Duolingo, the popular language learning app, has long made learning a new language accessible to anybody with a computer or smartphone. Unlike being in a traditional class environment, though, using Duolingo was always a rather lonely experience. The company, whose app has now been used by over 150 …

WTF is a VPN?

You’re watching a movie. A criminal is trying to evade a crime scene in a sports car on the highway. A helicopter is following the car from above. The car enters a tunnel with multiple exits and the helicopter loses track of the car.<p>A VPN works just like the tunnel in this movie scene — it connects …

Leaked files show just how much data Cellebrite’s smartphone cracking tool is capable of accessing

Cellebrite has garnered attention over recent years for its specialization skills in cracking cellphone encryption and accessing data stored on devices. The company was originally believed to have been behind the unlocking method used by the FBI in the San Bernardino iPhone 5c, though later reports …

Security

How to screen share with iOS and macOS to help friends and family with new devices

Over that last month your friends and family have probably purchased or been gifted a range of new devices, and odds may be good that you’re the go-to for tech support. Sometimes it works to problem solve by voice or text message when you aren’t with the user in need, but it’s often better to see …

iOS

Get HyperDrive, the ultimate Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for 2016 MacBook Pros while limited time pricing lasts

HyperDrive is a compact, super-fast USB-C hub for the new MacBook Pro and the first to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 3 speeds. Add back HDMI, two USB 3.1 ports, a microSD/SD slot, as well as Thunderbolt 3 & USB-C ports with a sleek aluminum hub available in both silver and space gray to match …

MacBook

Swipe right? 'Toilet paper' for smartphones trialled in Japanese airport bathrooms

Japan has taken its reputation for hygiene up another notch with the introduction of “toilet paper” for smartphones inside toilets at Narita …

How to Safely Delete Private Data Forever

If you’re erasing sensitive files from a computer, you probably want them gone forever and far beyond the reach of data recovery tools. …

5 things to think about before buying your child a cell phone for Christmas

<b>(CNN) —</b> In households around the world, I imagine many conversations going something like this during the holidays: "Mom, I reallywant a phone. Everyone has one. Can I please, please get one this year?"<p>And then, after hearing the appeals, Mom (or Dad, or both parents) edge even closer to buying a …

Parenting

Temperature-Tracking Wearables Could Transform the Pediatric Health Care and Elder Care Markets

TempTraq allows caregivers to monitor temperatures remotely with a unique Bluetooth-enabled design.<p>Picture this: It's 2 a.m. and your 3-month-old is in her crib in the next room starting to fuss a little. She's been running a fever all day, and you don't want to go in and bother her in case she …

Wearable Tech